Gina DeLuca was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. Her love for music was evident as early as age three, when she would listen to the Beatles on her Barbie record player and sing into the handle of a vacuum cleaner. Even with this budding love of performing, the idea of making music her living didn’t come about until Gina turned twenty-two. After sitting in with a local band she became addicted to the feeling of performing live. As a solo vocalist, Gina found her opportunities limited to performing with duos or groups so she decided to take matters into her own hands by picking up the guitar. Six months, forty songs, and a lot of determination later she was not only playing the guitar but landed a weekly solo gig at Leadbetter’s Tavern, in Fell’s Point, MD, where she continued to play every Friday for the next eight years.
With a steady gig and an ever-growing fan base, Gina has developed quite an eclectic repertoire over the past seven years. Currently performing over 600 songs from her ever-expanding list, variety is inevitable and encouraged. While the majority of her songs are covers, Gina brings a warmth and soulfulness to each song that makes them, in some ways, her very own. Her original song, “Nothin’ In Your House” was covered by Saffire – The Uppity Blueswomen.
Gina is influenced by Nina Simone, Annie Lennox, Brian Setzer, Ray Charles, Eva Cassidy, Susan Tedeschi, Aretha Franklin, Joss Stone and Saffire -The Uppity Blueswomen. Her natural style, and deep understanding of the blues are evident in every song. From soft, delicate whispers to powerful, defiant wails, Gina bears her soul for all to witness. Red truly is the color of love, passion, and power.
Gina has released two CDs. “Angel with Dirty Wings” in 2006 and “Blue Eyed Soul” in 2009.
My artisitic bio
Maryland native Gina DeLuca has always dabbled in some art form or another. In her younger years, it was drawing; one of the few things she was allowed to do when she was “grounded”. She has worked with stained glass, pottery, and in later adult years, watercolors; finally discovering the wonders of fluid acrylics in 2018.
Asked about working with Fluid acrylics, also known as Paint Pouring, DeLuca says, “it has a great deal of science at play, fluid dynamics specifically, and so every painting isn’t just a piece of art, but also a science experiment. The possibilities are endless. It’s much like playing an instrument – you can never learn it all, so there’s always something new to try. I think my scientific approach is what has garnered me the success I’ve had on YouTube”.
Learning the basics on YouTube, she had a happy accident on a painting that began her obsession with figuring out the whys and hows so that she could recreate it. That happy accident, and the truly unique artwork that resulted, was the beginning of the flood of followers for DeLuca on YouTube. Since that moment, she’s continued to passionately push the envelope to come up with new, never-been-done techniques.
More focused on the art, craft, and science of her work than on the business of promoting it, her work has none the less found its own legs with requests for commissioned pieces, and with her YouTube videos sharing the methods to her Acrylic Pouring madness. “I discovered acrylic pouring and someone asked me how I did it. I figured the easiest way to explain it was to show them, so I made a video and put it on YouTube. Two years later I have 135k subscribers.”
She says, “The biggest challenge is probably coming up with unique ideas and then figuring out how to actually pull them off within the constraints of the medium. And, to a degree, trying to control the chaos of “accidental art” for predictable results that are anything but accidental.”